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Cedar Rapids Police Chief continues to work on reducing crime

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

It's been one year since Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman was sworn in and pledged to make Cedar Rapids the safest city in the country.

While that can't happen overnight, he seems to be making strides. Earlier this year the number of shots fired calls were down drastically, but have since leveled off to about where they were this point a year ago. He says officers have been able to get more than 70 guns off the streets.

"They've responded this year tremendously well. Just last night there was an arrest and two more guns taken off the street, one which was reported stolen out of Chicago," said Jerman.

Reports of arson in the city are down nearly 40%. Aggravated thefts are down and burglaries have decreased slightly.

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